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April 2019 Dean’s Letter

Dear friends of Berkeley Journalism, Our Spring Welcome visit, which gives recently admitted applicants a chance to see the School up close so they can decide if they want to come, is a powerful reminder of just how strong the appeal of journalism remains. Despite the anti-media cynicism and disparagement that they’ve grown up with,…

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Dean’s Letter – November 2018

November 8, 2018 Warm greetings from North Gate Hall: It has been a nervous time at the School in the run-up to the U.S. elections, the news of mailed bombs, a murdered journalist in Istanbul and the slaughter in a Pittsburgh synagogue, and, for our day jobs, trying to create and refine new journalistic forms…

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Dean’s Letter – June 2018

June 6, 2018 Greetings from North Gate Hall: At a time when the civic mission of the news media is under assault, the rise of the #MeToo movement reminds all of us of the transformative power journalism can have when determined reporters ignore decades of neglect and expose practices that systematically disadvantage millions of people.…

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Dean’s Letter – March 2018

March 22, 2018 Greetings from North Gate Hall: Spring Welcome is the annual visit of students whom we’ve admitted, and it’s our chance to pitch the School to a lustrous group of aspiring journalists. It’s also a look ahead at the state of the profession in the years to come, something I’m often asked about…

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Dean’s Letter – November 2017

November 17, 2017 Warm greetings from North Gate Hall: Fall is here, the air is crisp and fresh and, thankfully, the sharp smell from the devastating fires to the north of us has faded. Even while we remain in a defensive crouch–alongside many of you in this bizarre political culture, where journalism’s legitimacy is in…

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Dean’s Letter – June 2017

June 21, 2017 Warm greetings from North Gate Hall: After a raucous year of political shocks, which continue to raise tough questions about the kind of journalism the times demand, it’d be nice to report that we’re all getting some year-end repose under the friendly Northern California sun, admiring the wisteria abloom in the courtyard.…

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Dean’s Letter – March 2017

March 30, 2017 Warm greetings from North Gate Hall: Keeping up with the flood of news about our students, teachers and alums is one of the true pleasures of this job. The latest happenings include a continuing cascade of honors for our journalists, a two-week Robert Frank photography show that brought hundreds to North Gate Hall,…

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Dean’s Letter – November 2016

November 16, 2016 Warm greetings from North Gate Hall: The fall term is hurtling toward an unusually eventful close. The electoral outcome not only triggered fevered talk about press failings, social media power, and the need for a courageous Fourth Estate. It also touched off several nights of raucous street protest in Oakland, which J-students…

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Dean’s Letter – June 2016

June 3, 2016 Warm greetings from North Gate Hall: Under a blazing Berkeley sky we sent the Class of ’16 on its way a few Sundays ago. It was the biggest graduating class in recent memory (66 grads) as well as the most international (nearly 28 percent, from 12 countries.) It was a remarkably accomplished…

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Dean’s Letter – March 2016

March 2, 2016 Warm greetings from North Gate Hall: Sometimes things happen the way they’re supposed to, and virtue is rewarded. We’ve been having a strong run of good news, I’m pleased to report, from faculty and alums nominated for Oscars and drawing stellar reviews for new books and TV productions, to current students honored…

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